Work on paper by Leeds artist Phil May

Phil May Portrait Project: Laughs and Sorrows


01 March 2022 - 16 October 2022

Venue Leeds Art Gallery

Tags Adult, Community, Display, Young People,

Join us in deciphering an enigmatic portrait of a black woman by Leeds-born artist Phil May (1864–1903). Largely overlooked for more than a century, it has been extensively researched and thoroughly discussed in collaboration with Leeds black communities. You can find out more about the project and hear the participants’ diverse, honest, insightful and emotional responses to the artwork at the gallery or via our online display.

Image: Phil May, ‘A Negress’ [Historic Title. Please note this title is currently being reviewed], 1901.

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